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September 21, 2005

Damon Oppenheimer

Bob Nightengale speculates on Cashman's survival rate:

Brian Cashman, Yankees

• Survival odds: 25%

Cashman, the most popular GM among his peers, has grown tired of being owner George Steinbrenner's whipping boy. Then again, if the Yankees don't make the playoffs, Steinbrenner won't give him a choice.

Cashman is telling friends that he is gone. He would love to work in Baltimore, apparently figuring that even with Angelos and his sons running the show, Camden Yards would be like Club Med compared to dealing with Steinbrenner.

Prediction: Cashman departs, and vice president Damon Oppenheimer replaces him.

So, who is Damon Oppenheimer? From a recent Madden column:

Oppenheimer, 43, played college baseball at USC and then joined the San Diego Padres (where his mother, Priscilla, was director of minor league operations) as an amateur scout. He was hired by the Yankees in 1994 as a cross-checker in their player development department, but he managed to get himself assigned to Michael's major league postseason scouting team.

"Stick was like a mentor to him," said one Yankee organization man, referring to Michael. "But after time, Damon kind of separated himself from him as he rose in power down in Tampa."

Ever see the movie Coneheads? If you did, do you remember the character of the suck-up INS Agent played by David Spade? Why can't I get that image out of my head when I'm reading that summary on Damon Oppenheimer?

Posted by Steve Lombardi at September 21, 2005 03:43 PM

Comments

For what it's worth, Oppy did a great job with the draft this year.

Posted by: Cliff at September 21, 2005 06:58 PM

weeping & gnashing of teeth on the other side may commence.

Posted by: James Varghese at September 21, 2005 10:14 PM

Weeping & gnashing of teeth may now commence...:)

Now they just have to hold everyone else off...that shouldn't be TOO hard

Posted by: James Varghese at September 21, 2005 10:18 PM

Truly a great night in Pinstripe Territory!

Posted by: DFLNJ at September 21, 2005 10:29 PM

//For what it's worth, Oppy did a great job with the draft this year.//

Cliff - can we say that only 3 months later? Don't you have to wait at least 2 years, maybe 5, to make that call?

Posted by: Steve Lombardi at September 21, 2005 11:21 PM

Yes, it's a long way from A-Ball to The Show

Posted by: Raf at September 22, 2005 09:52 AM

Re: Oppenheimer, seems that he's made out to be some kind of weasel. While that may be great as an agent, I wouldn't want that trait to be in a GM

Posted by: Raf at September 22, 2005 09:54 AM

I'd be careful in putting too much faith in anything Bill Madden says. There are many sides to the scrum that's going on in the Yankees' front office, not just "the good guys" vs. "the bad guys." Let's not forget that Joe Torre was not hired by Gene Michael or any of the "good guys." We would still be managed by someone like Buck Showalter (or Stump Merrill), for better or worse. And if one of the "bad guys" had been heeded, the guy who's going to win the MVP award most likely would be wearing pinstripes today. But "good guy" Cashman objected to "bad guy" Bill Emslie's suggestion to sign David Ortiz after the 2002 season. Something about too many 1B-DH types on the roster. My point is the real story is not clearcut on who's to blame and who gets credit. Let's not fall under the truck just because some media type gets backstage cues from one or more of the "players" in the Yankees' bizarre melodrama.

Posted by: JohnnyC at September 22, 2005 12:25 PM

I knew we would end up with a Damon one way or another!

Posted by: Philly Phil at September 22, 2005 12:36 PM

"Oppy?" Emslie is a "good guy?" OK, so you're on
the inside, and the rest of us are victims of mis-
information. Must be nice to be on the gravy train.

Posted by: susan at October 12, 2005 05:11 PM